If you are a Chrome user, you might be surprised with an error message saying, “err_connection_refused” that hinders you to browse your favorite websites.

Nothing serious to worry about…There are hundreds of thousands of users who have reported this error in their Chrome Browser and there are several reasons that cause it. The most common is due to DNS issues, expired browser caches and proxy server problem.

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Through our research, we have noticed that majority of the users have been successfully able to get rid of this issue simply by clearing their browsing data. So, let’s discuss about that first and see what other solutions are available for us.

1: Clearing Browsing Data

Click on the menu icon located in the top right corner of your Chrome Browser and tap on settings.

chrome settings

Then scroll down and click on the ‘Show advanced settings’ link.

show advanced settings

Under the Privacy section, click on ‘Clear Browsing Data’.

clear browsing data

A pop-up box will open. Make sure you’ve set Obliterate the following items from: the beginning of time. We recommend selecting all the options, however; if you want to keep other data, simply clear the “Cookies and other site and plugin data” and “Cached images and files”.

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That’s all. Refresh the website you were browsing and hopefully the error will be resolved.

2: Manually Change DNS Settings

We have discussed this error a number of times in our previous posts. Here is how you can easily change your DNS settings.

Right click on the Internet Access icon in the right corner of the screen and tap on ‘Open Network and Sharing Center’

open network and sharing center

Now, click on your working Internet/Ethernet.


From the new box opened, click on properties.


Now double-click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)

tcp ipv 4

Now check the option, “Use the Following DNS Server Addresses” and enter the following values.

  • Preferred DNS Server:
  • Alternate DNS Server:

Check mark the option “Validate settings upon exit” and click OK.

validate settings

Restart your internet connection and browse again. The error will be resolved.

3: Flush DNS and Renew It

This is perhaps one of the best solution and usually works every time. It’s pretty elementary one though but still if you don’t know how to flush DNS and renew it, follow the below steps.

Right click on Windows icon in the lower left corner of the screen and tap on “Command Prompt (Admin).

command prompt admin

Firstly type “netsh winsock reset catalog” in command prompt, hit enter, restart your computer and check if the error is resolved.

However, if you still face the err_connection_refused error, type in the following commands.

“Press enter after each line”

  • Netsh winsock reset.
  • Ipconfig/flushdns.
  • Ipconfig/renew.
  • Ipconfig/registerdns.

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That’s all! You have successfully flushed the previous DNS and registered a new one. Restart your PC and hopefully the error will be gone.

4: Change LAN/Proxy Settings

Once again, go to chrome settings by click on the menu icon in top right corner.

chrome settings

Scroll down and click on Show Advanced Settings.

show advanced settings

Scroll to “Network” and click on Change Proxy Settings.

change proxy settings

Under the Connections tab click on LAN settings.

LAN settings

Finally, select “Automatically Detect Settings” and click ok.

automatically detect settings

Restart your internet connection and try browsing again.

5: Reset Your Google Chrome Settings

Open a New Window in Google Chrome, and type ‘chrome://flags’

Click on “Reset all to default”

chrome flags

Refresh your browser and try browsing again.

6: Reinstall Chrome

To reinstall Chrome, firstly uninstall it and everything located in this folder


Once done, download the latest version from HERE and install it.

Why This Error Occurs?

  • Sometimes the website might be temporary down or not working.
  • Your Firewall is blocking that website. Try disabling it and refresh.
  • The website might be blocked in System Host File.
  • There is a problem with Internet Connection. Disconnect and refresh it.

Let us know which method worked for you in the comment section.

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